Story of Zhao C

I find this an interesting story. A university student in China, called Zhao C, just won a court case to have his unconventional Chinese name – with letter “C as the first name – used on his identity card. Previously, the police rejected his request for a new identity card, saying regulations do not allow names to contain letters of the roman alphabet.

Reportedly, Zhao C’s father gave him the name, who when interviewed, said that “C” symbolized his hope for his son. “C is the first letter of the English world ‘China’, and its pronunciation is the same as the word “west” in Chinese. I hope my son will go to study in the West while not forgetting his Chinese root,” he said.

The hope represented by “C” is also the hope of a majority of youngsters in China: go overseas to study and yet very proud to be a Chinese.

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